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  1. Working Hours and Days Off to be entered in User Profile

    Adding working hours and days off to the user profile will allow members to take responsibility of their working hours, making capacity planning easier.

    A project administrator may also need to be able to update these for a user, for cases of unexpected absence, etc...

    717 votes
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    • Allow Extension Properties

      I would like to be able to write extension Properties, not only extension methods.

      716 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • make all msdn documentation available off-line

        Please bring us back to the good old days where all docs available off-line were available to download... if not free for all at least for msdn subscribers.
        Thank you

        688 votes
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          24 comments  ·  Help  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bring back the MPI Cluster Debugger

          In Visual Studio 2010 there is an MPI Cluster Debugger that allows us to debug MPI applications.
          It seems that this feature has gone, so please bring it back to make it easier to develop MPI applications on Windows.

          687 votes
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            41 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Include SQL BI tools in the latest VS version

            SQL Server 2012 has followed its predecessors as the BI Tools released again with the previous version of VS instead of the latest one.

            Please, release the BI tools with the latest VS version and include it in SQL Server. Be the IDE really integrated again (or finally)!

            682 votes
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              11 comments  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Ability to configure Source Control settings per project

              Currently, The source control settings can be set per windows user.So if I'm working on different projects and each one has it's own Source Control (VSS,TFS,Tortoise...etc), then every time I want to open one of the project, I have to go and change VS source control settings to meet the source control that is being used for the project...

              This is a time consuming and causes a frustration for me.

              Vote please :)

              679 votes
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                15 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Hide Work Item Types (WITs) based on permission/security group

                Within a team project, you should be able to specify who is allowed to create a specific Work Item Type.

                A user should only see Work Item Types in the "New Work Item" menu (Team Explorer, TEE, Team Web Access), that the user is allowed to create.

                677 votes
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                • Support for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

                  It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

                  666 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support a JavaScript Project type in Visual Studio

                    Please provide a new project type in Visual Studio for developing JavaScript components.

                    The new project type could have the following features:

                    - Contains .js, .css, and .html files.
                    - Represents a complete UI component - i.e. a module or widget.
                    - Runs JSLint or JSHint on build and reports any errors and violations.
                    - The build ouput is minified JavaScript and CSS; there should be options for specifying a minifier.
                    - The build output should also output any HTML files (as ASP.Net partial views).
                    - The new project type permits adding references to other JavaScript projects.
                    - Intellisense is…

                    654 votes
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                      under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Improve WPF 3D

                      In general, simply invest in improving the 3D framework. Specifically, add the ability (for users) to create and instantiate high level 3D elements in xaml (e.g. allow Cube, Cylinder, Sphere, etc. to be "native" WPF objects).

                      651 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Use Nuget to install most of the components

                        Visual Studio could be a lightweight shell with only the basic project templates installed. Whenever you then need to add new template such as Windows Phone, Silverlight, Azure, ... you could create an empty project and use NuGet to install all the extra files and UI to get it to work. And as is the case with NuGet, this install is relative to the solution/project that you are using. NuGet all of these artifacts from an official package server, and link it locally to the solution.

                        This would be benificial for us 'consultancy' folk to keep VS to a minimal…

                        645 votes
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                          under review  ·  16 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow extensions/plugins for VS Express

                          That way I could use ReSharper, etc, with a nice lightweight version of VS.

                          I don't use TFS, nor MSTest, etc.

                          639 votes
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                            22 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Bring back support for Smart Device Extensions

                            Microsoft caused outrage when without warning or explanation they dropped support for the Smart Device Extensions. Meaning that there is no support for both managed (Compact Framework) and unmanaged (C++) development for the Windows CE platform.

                            Microsoft promised support would be added by the time VS2010 was released but then back tracked, to date the official line is use VS2008. This product is nearly 4 years old, it is becoming increasingly more impractical to use VS2008 solely for the purpose of developing for the Windows CE platform. Many development teams invested heavily in the benefit of having a single UI…

                            635 votes
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                              17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Include Pex and Moles with all Visual Studio editions

                              Include Pex and Moles with all editions of Visual Studio including Professional edition rather than being restricted to developers with Premium or Ultimate editions of Visual Studio. This will allow all Visual Studio developers to leverage the capabilities of the Moles mocking library and the additional feedback for Unit Testing available with Pex.

                              626 votes
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                                18 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

                                As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

                                620 votes
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                                  11 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make System.Data available to Metro style apps

                                  Although, it seems clear that some of the decisions with the "Metro" apps are built so that apps will be able to go between devices, I would like to see the System.Data namespace supported in them. An example, you want to connect to a "local" SQL Express database without having to run a middle tier web-site or application that can talk to the database. Why shouldn't a Metro app run on a desktop be able to connect in the same way that a WinForms app can? The framework was supposed to abstract us from hardware and other changes yet as…

                                  615 votes
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                                    21 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Store per-project source formatting settings with project properties

                                    I wish it were possible to define per-project editor settings that affect formatting and writing style: tab size, use tabs/spaces, autoindent and so on.

                                    Because, different solutions (or even projects in one solution) can have different coding styles or conventions.

                                    Having to poke in several tabs of environment settings every time as I switch projects is a major annoyance.

                                    Actually the formatting settings are not private user preferences; they are part of a project and should be stored in source sontrol, so that the next person that takes on the code automatically gets the proper settings.

                                    611 votes
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                                      26 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Organize project XML files to reduce 3-way merge conflicts

                                      If the project XML file contents were simply ordered, for instance alphabetically like a default file system view, it would drastically reduce the number of merge conflicts that edits cause.

                                      Currently we see items added at the same spot in the file (so there is SOME order happening) with no relation other than time, causing a merge conflict that's completely avoidable. If an order was applied, it would make most 3-way merges automatic and/or a lot less work.

                                      611 votes
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                                        12 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          22 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 594 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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